He has shocked the world with a new hairstyle, inspired Internet memes by staging photo-ops and baffled Western intelligence agencies after dropping out of the public eye for weeks. Now, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is making waves as a reported world-class mountain climber. According to North Korean state media, Kim climbed to the frigid, wind-swept summit of Mt.
With a broad smile on his face, the Supreme Commander said that the looks of Mt. Paektu is impressive and the sunrise over Mt. Paektu is a charming and beautiful sight rare to be seen, adding the new morning of Korea dawns from Mt. Paektu.
Mt. Paektu soars to about 9,000 feet, and is a volcanic peak that once spewed ash across the plains of eastern Asia. It is considered to be a symbol associated with the Kim family. North Korean media said the mountain is associated with “the soul of the Korean nation,” and is a symbol of victory.
Since taking the reigns of power from his father, the late Kim Jong-il, in 2011, Kim has troubled the West by testing missile technology that could threaten the U.S. West Coast, and by showing little inclination to ratchet down tensions on the Korean peninsula.
The leader of the nuclear-armed country is planning to visit Russia next month for its victory day celebration, which marks the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II. The anticipated visit raises the possibility of a budding alliance between the United States’ two current foes: Kim and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Read more…